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SMPLE Is Like a Social Media Consultant for Small Businesses

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Many years and hundreds of startups later, small businesses still seem to be struggling to get online. SMPLE is attempting to tackle this problem with a unique, DIY twist. The general challenge most local business owners face is figuring out how to get their business online. While it might seem straightforward to most tech-savvy people… Read more »


Trey Bowles: Dallas is “Exploding” with Entrepreneurial Activity

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The video below is part of an interview series we did at SXSW 2014. Our SXSW Startup Celebration was sponsored by .CO, CEA, Revolution and LivingSocial. We thank them for their support!  In two years, says Trey Bowles, Dallas will be the fastest-growing ecosystem in the country. “What we’re really seeing is this explosion of entrepreneurial activity,” he says. Bowles… Read more »


Katiri Zuluaga and Springboard Enterprises Are Supporting Female-Led Startups

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The video below is part of an interview series we did at SXSW 2014. Our SXSW Startup Celebration was sponsored by .CO, CEA, Revolution and LivingSocial. We thank them for their support! It has been over 50 years since the President’s Commission on the Status of Women was established under President Kennedy’s New Frontier and led to the official end of discriminatory policies affecting… Read more »


Wyncode Accelerates Coding to Fill Talent Gap for Miami Tech Startups

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Update: CareCloud, a cloud-based Healthcare IT Solutions firm based in Miami, partners up with Wyncode to give students  more than half their tuition as a hiring bonus. South Florida’s first brick and mortar coding school, Wyncode, announces a nine-week development boot camp to teach students computer programming skills and how to create their own web apps… Read more »


DC Startup ID.me Raises $7.5M in New Venture Funding

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Security startup, ID.me, has reportedly raised $7.5 million in new venture funding, according to the Wall Street Journal. This funding follows the $1.2 million grant that the company received from the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology this past September. According to the SEC filing, the Mclean, VA-based digital verification network has raised upwards of $10.4 million total, with… Read more »



Why Your Startup Should Be a Visual Organization: Interview with Phil Simon

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Next Monday, Phil Simon‘s sixth book, The Visual Organization, hits the shelves on Amazon. Last year, Simon told companies they needed big data with his book Too Big to Ignore; now, he’s telling them what to do with it – namely, visualize it. We’re not talking infographics here; we’re talking about turning tools and data into insights about… Read more »


Lionel Messi Surprises Fans on a Google Hangout

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Miami-based startup SWOL (Soccer Without Limits) and Google teamed up with Ballon D’or-winning Argentine soccer superstar Lionel Messi to surprise the player’s fans. This happened during a Hangout video session last week as a surprise to a group of unsuspecting soccer journalists and Barcelona fans. The Google Hangout panel included Sports Illustrated senior writer and New York Times… Read more »


Graduate Student Lending Platform CommonBond Expands Its Program to Law, Medical, Engineering Grads

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NYC-based CommonBond announced today that it has expanded its student loan consolidation and low-cost refinancing program to graduates of law, medical, and engineering programs, as well as to additional MBA programs at Vanderbilt University, Washington University in St. Louis, and University of Texas. This expansion by the graduate student lending platform follows the goals it set after raising $100 million… Read more »



The World’s Hottest Cars Are on MadWhips

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The Toronto based company MadWhips recently launched the an automotive photography focused social network in an effort to establish themselves as the 500px of the automotive industry. To that end, they have built a new website and iOS app to allow auto enthusiasts to share, collect, and discuss the world’s hottest cars all from one… Read more »


Nitrous.IO Raises $6.65M Series A to Build Better Dev Environments

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Nitrous.IO, a platform that provides pre-configured development environments in the cloud, today announced that they have successfully raised $6.65 million in a Series A funding round led by Bessemer Venture Partners. The money will fund the expansion of their cloud-based platform. Outside of Bessemer Venture Partners, the Series A round included 500 Startups, Crunchfund, Golden… Read more »


One Laptop Per Child Moves Operations to Miami

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The One Laptop Per Child Association (OLPC), a non-profit organization that aims to provide low-cost laptops to children around the world, has moved its sales and distribution activities to Miami. OLPC formerly operated out of its facility in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which closed in January of this year. OLPC is outsourcing many of the software and development units,… Read more »



A Supportive Entrepreneur Population is Powering San Francisco’s Startup Ecosystem

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“[San Francisco] is unique with regard to startups. It is like the mother ship – where it all began,” said Sri Lekha Srinivasan, Founder and Chief Learner at K-12 Nest. When it comes to entrepreneurship, it seems that San Francisco is truly one of the best places to be for everyone (not just for women entrepreneurs). Considering its history of… Read more »